David Warner bats for five-match Test series vs India | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Opening batsman David Warner became the first current Australian player to come out openly in support of a five-match Test series between India and Australia later this year. The Indian team is scheduled to travel Down Under for a four-match Test series, starting December. However, a couple of weeks back Cricket Australia (CA) proposed turning the four-match Test series into a five-game contest in an effort to find ways to compensate the financial losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Warner weighed in for a five-match Test series, as he felt it would pose a “greater challenge” for the players from both sides.

“Five-match Test series would be absolutely amazing. It’s a proper Test series,” Warner said, while speaking on TOI’s sister concern Cricbuzz.

He added: “Five Test matches is challenging, it’s very tough. That’s what Test cricket is all about. I have been to India and even a three-match Test series is very challenging there. If you spend 160 overs in the field, in 45 degree heat; then open the batting at 4 o clock in the afternoon on Day 2, then you got to get your dancing shoes on. You’re cramping, you’re sore, your whole body is tired; they are the challenges those environs bring in. Having India come here (in Australia) to play a 5-match Test series will be a great, great challenge.”

Warner reckoned Jasprit Bumrah will prove to be Australia’s nemesis-in-chief if at all the tour takes place.

“He (Bumrah) is so hard to gauge a rhythm. There is no rhythm to Bumrah’s bowling and that’s why he is so difficult to pick. And, he is sharp.

“If it is back of a length, then it’s hitting the knee roll and not going over the stumps. If he bowls full, it can swing and swing late. He has the one that goes away from the left-hander and then he has the one that holds the line. So it is very difficult to get a cue out of his hand because of his action – it’s all distorted, not normal. It all works for him,” the explosive batsman reflected.

Among India’s pace bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Bumrah, Warner considered Bumrah to be the “trickiest” to play.

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